Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for Friday's Australian racing taking place at Mackay.
Best Bet: THE EGYPTIAN (Race 5)
Value Bet: ROCK ‘N’ SOL (Race 8)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8).
Today’s best bet, THE EGYPTIAN has consistent formlines to his name and followed up his penultimate run victory over this trip with a second-place finish next time out when dropping to five furlongs, just a head behind the winner. He was however hampered at the 900M mark that day but then finished off his race strongly. He has a wideish draw seven out of nine, but he could prove difficult to topple here.
SLAYDEM has finished closer to the winner in his last two starts, the latest when fifth over 1100M, one and a half lengths back from the winner. He is drawn the widest of them all, but if he has continued down that same path of improvement and with him having his peak outing after returning from a lengthy 45-week absence, he could be the biggest danger to the top choice.
BELLARINE on the other hand has cracked pole position. She is a 4yr old filly taking on the boys, but she raced up with the pace before ending up in third place last time out over 13000M, just over one length adrift of the victor. Her penultimate effort is best ignored as she was checked badly at the 900M pole and was eased out of the race completely. On her best form, she should be involved in the finish.
STAR OF O’REILLY completed his hat-trick when winning his last start over 1100M by a head. Nothing went his way that day in that he had to be held up in the home straight and only saw daylight at the 200M mark and was then bumped and forced wide over the remaining distance to the winning post. He nevertheless finished strongly to claim an encouraging victory. His draw four will do him no harm.
MISS SILKY is a 4yr old filly taking on males, but she is seldom far off the action and jumped awkwardly before finishing third in her last outing over a mile, 0.7L behind the winner. She is drawn the widest of them all but has her first run for her new trainer and if fully settled into her new surroundings, she should give the boys a good run for their money.
BETTER THAN GROOVY is drawn at the opposite end of the starting stalls in pole position and has made steady improvement in his last two outings, finishing a staying-on third last time out over five furlongs, just under a half-length back from the winner and the form of that race has been franked. On that last effort, he should enjoy the extra ground on offer here.
This looks to be a tricky race and some caution is advised. A 5yr old and a 7yr old mare could however fight out the finish to the race and complete the exacta. COOP’S STAR won her penultimate start over five furlongs and was doing good work late when ending up in third spot next time out over 1100M, 1.7L behind the winner. The form of that race has stood up well with two runners out of that contest subsequently winning. She is sure to put her pole position to good use.
INVISIBLE GIRL battled all the way down to the wire when finishing fifth last time out over five furlongs, 1.8L adrift of the winner. She is drawn the widest in gate twelve, but is likely to be dropped out of it in the early stages and will then be hoping to run down the leaders over the latter stages of the race.
DR NEIGH has finished second in two of his last three starts, the latest when 1.3L back from the victor over 1100M, this despite hanging in over the closing stages. His penultimate start should be completely ignored as he bucked at the 900M mark that day and was eased out of the race. He gets gate seven and should be included in all bets.
Although ROCK ‘N’ SOL is recorded as finishing sixth last time out over this c&d, he was just one and a half lengths behind the winner. In fact, he finished that same distance behind the victor in his run prior to that over the same c&d. He was closing in on the winner over the closing stages in both those runs and will be hoping to record his third career victory today. He jumps from gate eight and is made the value bet on the program.
SABOR is drawn one outside the top choice and showed marked improvement when going from jump to wire to win his maiden race last time out over 1300M, by someone and a half lengths. He takes on stronger here, but he could prove good enough to chalk up a quick double.
ODDFELLOW has pulled pole position and hit the front as the field entered the home straight last time out and was only run out of it late, finishing second over the seven furlongs, one and a half lengths adrift of the winner. on that last effort, he should not be lightly dismissed in this line-up.
More in Horse Racing
Winning Form brings you all of their best bets and tips for Monday’s Australian...
Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips from Monday’s racing...
Racing this Sunday sees an exciting card at Sha Tin Racecourse which includes the...
Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips from Sunday’s racing...